New knitter just this year, just bought the field guide, practicing the rib lace pattern with a skein of sock yarn I had lying around, first goal is to make the tumbling blocks scarf and then clerestory shawl (ambitious). I’m doing okay with the lace in general, except that my metal needles are too slippery for me right now and the bamboo ones aren’t pointy enough. Is there a bamboo or wood needle that has good pointy tips, helpful for knitting lace? It’s hard to tell looking at products online, but maybe the Dreamz by Knitter’s Pride would be good?
Also, I know I should just follow instructions but I really don’t feel ready to knit holding two strands of yarn together, so my question is should I just go ahead and knit one strand with the recommended yarn weight or substitute a heavier yarn to knit with one strand? Would sport weight be equivalent to two strands of fingering? DK?